What is the difference between pop, juice and cordial?

Photograph of artisinal fizzy drinks flavoured with cordial

We Brits love our fruit-flavoured drinks and you will find many options at your local supermarket including pop, juice and cordial. You may be wondering if there is really a difference between these drinks and the answer is yes.

Cordial, also known as squash, is a non-alcohoic concentrated syrup made from fruit, elderflower or ginger. Brits use it to flavour their drinks and water. A splash of cordial really helps make a boring old glass of water more interesting. You’ll often see elderflower drinks at picnics.

Juice is a drink made from crushed fruits or vegetables. A glass of orange juice is particularly nice with breakfast; green juice, made from various green things such as spinach and green apples, is popular with health fanatics. Unlike cordial, juice isn’t usually diluted with anything.

Pop – also known as soda, soft drink or fizzy drink – is a sugary, carbonated drink. Think Coca-Cola or Tango. Pop is not very good for you but it is a delicious treat and most pubs serve it as a non-alcholic option.

One thing that cordial, juice and pop all have in common is that they contain a lot of sugar. Consuming large quantities of any of these drinks is bad for your health. The NHS recommends choosing low-sugar versions of these drinks and consuming them with food as this can help reduce the damage to your teeth.

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